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Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church
Source: Church website

The Vineland Mennonite Brethren congregation at Vineland, Ontario began services in 1927, and formally organized on 20 November 1932 under the leadership of D. Klassen. The first building was occupied in 1937, with a subsequent building program in 1960. The first meeting place was a rented implement shed where services were held with members of the United Mennonite Church. Later the building was bought by the congregation and converted into an attractive church building, with a tabernacle-like appearance. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union and from Alberta.

On 8 January 2012 the congregation celebrated 80 years of ministry in Vineland. The church concluded its independent ministry and became one of several sites of Southridge Community Church.

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Canadian Mennonite (15 April 1960): 1.

Fortieth Anniversary: Mennonite Brethren Church, Vineland, Ontario. 1972, 20 pp.

From His Fullness: a Brief Survey of the History of the Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church. Vineland, ON: Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church, 1962, 44 pp.

History of the Vineland MB Church 1932-1982, Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Mennonite Reporter (27 November 1972): 14.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 52; (February 2012): 21.

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Denominational Affiliations:

Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1932-2012)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1932-2012)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1939-2002)

Vineland MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Johann Dick 1932–1933
Gerhard Mathies 1934
Dietrich Klassen 1935–1936
Gerhard Reimer 1937
Heinrich Wiebe 1938–1939
Peter Dirksen 1940–1948
Heinrich Wiebe 1949–1956
Aron Wall 1957–1959
Henry H. Voth 1960–1963
John Schmidt 1964–1968
Jay Neufeld 1969–1973
Isaac Block 1973–1981
Gerry Ediger 1982–1985
Murray Unruh 1986–1990
Harold Loewen (interim) 1991
Helmut Koop (interim) 1992
Harold Loewen 1993–1995
Henry Wiebe 1996–2001
Doug Schulz 2002–2005
Tom Warner 2005–2009
Mark Johnson 2010-2012

Vineland MB Church Membership

Year Members
1950 270
1965 334
1985 267
1995 219
2000 215


Author(s) H. H. Janzen
Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published December 2013



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Janzen, H. H., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. "Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church (Vineland, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 16 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vineland_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Vineland,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105263.

APA style

Janzen, H. H., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. (December 2013). Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church (Vineland, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vineland_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Vineland,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105263.




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